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Martin 1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Martin DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar from the 1-Series is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of ov...Read More

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Solid wood construction and legendary Martin tone at an affordable price.

The Martin DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar from the 1-Series is an affordable, solid wood-bodied guitar, backed by Martin's heritage of over 175 years in skilled building excellence and a limited lifetime warranty. Constructed from solid tonewoods including a Sitka spruce top, bookmatched Sapele back and sides, as well as an East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, the 1-Series DC-1E creates that legendary rich and commanding Martin sound guitarists everywhere have come to know and love. This Martin guitar comes equipped with a Fishman sound reinforcement system featuring volume and tone controls and an onboard digital chromatic tuner. It also comes with Martin SP strings for great long-lasting tone and sustain, as well as a hardshell case to provide protection and security.

Martin has created the 1-Series to deliver legendary Martin quality and tone at a more accessible price.

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Bookmatched Sapele back and sides
  • East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Fishman sound reinforcement system
  • Martin SP strings


1-Series DC-1E Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Model: DC-1E
  • Label: Paper Label w/ Model Name
  • Construction: 1 Style; Ply Blocks; Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
  • Body Size: D-14 Fret Cutaway
  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Braces: Sitka/X1 Style/Scalloped
  • Pattern: D 14 Fret #101a
  • Bridge Plate: Maple
  • Side Brace: Sitka Spruce
  • Top Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Top Inlay: .0325'' B/W Boltaron (White Against Binding)
  • Rosette: Style 28; First Cut @ 4.188''
  • Pickguard: Black, Pattern 1 (D28 Style)
  • Back: Solid Sapele
  • Back Binding: 6/32'' Black Boltaron
  • Sides: Solid Sapele
  • Endpiece: Black Boltaron
  • Neck: Rust Stratabond
  • Neck Shape: Mod Low Oval
  • Headstock: Solid/6 String No Diamond/Standard Taper
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable 356mm
  • Heelcap: Black Boltaron
  • Nut: White Corian
  • Headplate: Indian Rosewood Pattern HPL Texture Finish w/ Printed Logo
  • Tuning Machines: Ping Chrome-18:1 Ratio w/ Small Knobs (Drill Y Step)
  • Fingerboard: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 16''
  • Scale Length: 25.470''
  • Width At Nut: 1-11/16''
  • Width At 12 Fret: 2-1/8''
  • Fret Wire: Standard
  • Fret Slot: .020''
  • Frets Clear: 14
  • Total Frets: 20
  • Pearl Inlay: Style 28
  • Side Dots: White Boltaron
  • Side Dot Position: One At 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, Two At 12th, One At 15th & 17th Frets
  • Finish Body Package: Catalyzed Satin/ Dark Filler/Med. Cherry Stain
  • Finish Top: Catalyzed Satin
  • Bridge: Solid East Indian Rosewood
  • Style: 1 Style Belly/Deeper Slot
  • String Spacing: 2-1/8''
  • Saddle: 16'' Radius/Compensated/White Tusq
  • Electronics: Fishman Aero +
  • Strap Button: Ping Chrome
  • Strings: MSP 4100 Light Phosphor Bronze
  • Bridge Pins: White w/ Black Dots
  • End Pin: End Pin Jack w/ Chrome Cap
  • Case: 345

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A Sweet Guitar

By barre7

from PA

I bought my Martin DC-1E during the summer of 2000. Over the past decade I've fallen in love with it. It has a soft action, slender neck, and sweet tone. At times the intonation on the low E has given me problems, but nothing too serious.

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Plays great - sounds great.

By Hokie Joe

from Southern Illinois

I bought mine used. It is an older model (98?), and so it does not have the on-board tuner. It does however, play and sound great both plugged-in and unplugged. Great for struming and picking - bright and clear, it projects very well. I like the flat finish. You can pay more for a prettier looking guitar, but the quality, sound, and action are first rate. Very happy with this quality instrument from Martin!

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By mlf004

from Hillbilly Hell, OK.

I made the plunge and decided to spend a little extra cash and get me one of these...haven't looked back since. This guitar is flawless! Sounds absolutely amazing and plays effortlessly. Soooo glad I went ahead and bought this. If your wondering if it's worth it...look at the reviews! This guitar is totally worth the money! I'll be keeping this for a long time. Love the action and the built-in tuner, definitely a keeper.

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By kneelow

from fairborn,ohio

played alot out there...ive had taylors...gibsons...and the d-28 martin.this one here will do the trick for you. it has great lows....perfect mids and highs.im telling you stay with martin its worth saving your money for. stay away from the over seas junk.

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All I can say is wow

By Mich

from NY

WOW the sound truly is amazing. There is of course a little tweaking required with the neck. The stock case is very nice. One consideration is the finish. It is a little thin (as Martins are) making it susceptible to becoming marked up BUT personally I consider it character (look at Willie Nelson). Also note this guitar is a ?solid wood-bodied guitar? which over time will allow the sound to mature (similar to the violin?s aging). You will NOT find any better value anywhere!This guitar will be worthy of becoming a generational hand me down that sounds better with each hand!

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Made in the USA

By Elrod Rocker

from Georgia

I've always wanted a Martin but didn't want to spend the big money to get one. I started looking at this guitar a few years ago before deciding which would be my next. I own several acoustics and several electrics and collect some that I do not play. I wanted a great sounding guitar that I could play gigs and record with but also put on a stand by the couch and be able to pick up any time. I am impress with the workmanship, quality and sound of this guitar and if you want a Martin without spending 3000 or more, this is it.

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Workhorse Guitar

By B!

from Indianapolis

This guitar has been absolutely amazing. It is extremely playable and I enjoy playing it more and more each day. The body is satin and over time a shiny "stain" has developed where your arm touches while playing- personally I love the mark but a few people have said something about it so maybe this finish isnt for everyone BUT I guarantee this workhorse of a guitar will out play any guitar in the same price range.

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12 years of reliability

By Corduroy Vinyl

from South Dakota

I've gigged with this guitar for over 12 years and it sounds better every time I play it. This is a great guitar if you're just starting out or if you're a gigging musician. I replaced the onboard fishman electronics with an LR Baggs iBeam and i get an all natural acoustic sound with every show. I play acoustic rock and have put this guitar through the ringer; it keeps coming back for more.You just can't beat a Martin.

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Sweet Guitar

By Jeff

from Hammond, IN

Ask me a question

I've been playing for over 30 years. I currently own several top of the line electrics and several acoustic electrics including Taylor, Takamine, and Breedlove. I spent far lees for this Martin than I did for any of the others and now that I own this Martin I can say that it plays and sounds far better than what I paid for it. It is quickly becoming my favorite, workhorse guitar. It doesn't have some of the cosmetic features that the others have but I bought it for the sound quality and on that point Martin hit the mark, deadon! It plays and sounds fantastic and the satin finish is stunning. I just wish they would have put a bound fretboard on it.

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Ten years as my working ax

By Steve-AyAJd

from California

I play three to five gigs a month. Some, small acoustic settings and others amped up with a band and I needed a workhorse of a guitar that also was beautiful in tone. Ten years ago I selected a DC-1E as my primary working ax and that guitar has been the best investment I ever made. Feels good in my hands, sturdy and durable, excellent electronics that always work and all the power you could want. I love my DC-1E.

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